1983 FENDER PRECISION BASS
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A new logo was introduced which included the serial number now beginning with an "E3" and applied under the finish. For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt, pickup and pot codes. The Schaller clover tuners changed style and now only included the "F" logo imprint. A hex truss rod adjustment at the headstock was introduced. The neck returned to 1 3/4 inch "C" width. The thumb rest and chrome pickup and bridge covers were discontinued. The white vinyl pickguard became one layer. The new neck plate included the Fender name logo, a neck tilt adjust and no serial number. The bridge plate now had only three mounting screws and hex height adjustments.
Other 1983 Precision bass characteristics: Curved rosewood fretboard or one piece maple neck with skunk stripe, pearloid or black plastic dot fret markers, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date etc. ink stamps or neck butt pencil date, extra hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, neck pocket paint stick, extra hole in neck pocket for hanging while painting, metal foil ground shielding on pickguard underside, black or white pickup covers, date ink stamped grey bobbin pickups, CTS potentiometers, round orange tone capacitor, plastic wiring, ground wire route underneath bridge, black plastic molded case with black interior.